thtr 110 critique report guidelines
The expectation of this exercise is that the student observes a theatrical performance, analyzes what they have seen and then critically comments on the production. Include the name of the production, when and where you saw it and discuss any appropriate themes, BUT DO NOT RETELL THE STORY. Your instructor has seen the play and already knows what happens. Even if you are out of town, do not tell me the story. I have seen every play ever written because I am old and near death.
Identify by name and discuss the direction, movement and choreography(if applicable) of the production. Discuss the quality of the music and the voices of cast members, if you see a musical. Identify by name and discuss a few of the actors in the production. With a large cast, you are under no obligation to discuss everyone who appeared on stage but you should comment on the major characters. Talk about the design and mention designers by name. What did you think of the costume, lighting, scenic and sound design? If you feel that you are not very experienced in the matters of scenry and lighting and costumes, offer an opinion. A lack of knowledge has never ever stopped any other critic…
Your observations must support your commentary. Have a point of view; state your mind and SUPPORT THIS WITH EXAMPLES FROM THE PRODUCTION. Do not leave your commentary unsupported and remember, it is OK to not like what you saw but it is unacceptable to have no examples of what you did not like. Avoid using colloquial expressions and you had better have an excellent, undeniable, unquestionable reason for any use of profanity. This is a college class and you are expected to write like a college student.
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